Saturday, September 18, 2021

#BlackGirlMagic: Most Influential Black Women Of 2016

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 30: Solange Knowles attends the “Ailey and Jazz” 2016 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/FilmMagic)

*The Huff Post has complied a list of “magical black women” who may have helped you get through 2016. Below are highlights from the list, which you can review in full HERE.

First up…..Solange. “A Seat At The Table” was her first album to hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200.

Per Huff Post:

We’ll forever be grateful for Solange’s artistic salute to the black experience with her album “A Seat At The Table.” From songs like “Don’t Touch My Hair” to “F.U.B.U”, the album’s undertones of black pride and womanhood was the perfect celebration of self-love. It certainly helped keep our heads high this year.

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FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Dierks Bentley, Karen Fairchild and more country artists are welcoming Beyonce’s excursion into country music with song “Daddy Lessons” from her new album “Lemonade.” The acoustic guitar-driven song mixes New Orleans horns and country lyrics that many in Nashville say is a bona fide country tune. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Beyonce…. Huff Post notes that her “music is always enhancing our life’s purpose in some way, but this year, she took black pride to another level when she premiered “Lemonade.” The visual album, which aired as an HBO special in April, served as a much needed artistic homage to black womanhood.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 06: Actress Issa Rae attends the premiere of “Insecure” at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Issa Rae has secured a second season of her hit series “Insecure,” and it has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Huff Post says the series, “was an important outlet for black women who rarely see themselves accurately depicted in mainstream media. The show provides a humorous but realistic take on having a successful career, a tumultuous relationship and dealing with difficulties in predominantly white workspaces. We can’t wait for season two.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Director Ava DuVernay arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 8th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Director Ava DuVernay uses her talents to bring the black narrative to the forefront. Her OWN series “Queen Sugar” was approved for a second season before the premiere of the show’s pilot season episode, per Huff Post.

Additionally, her documentary on mass incarceration in “13th” and has received widespread acclaim. You can stream the film now on Netflix.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: MSNBC Host Joy Reid attends The Women’s Media Center 2016 Women’s Media Awards at Capitale on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Joy Reid is the host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” and her “commentary on current events has served as a voicebox for black Americans.”

Huff Post notes how “she always makes sure to represent for the underrepresented and for that, we’re grateful.”

Check out who else made Huff Post’s BLACK GIRL MAGIC list here.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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